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CitiStreet and Priceline.com Boost Performance and Savings with Red Hat and JBoss Solutions
RaleighUnited States, October 30, 2006
Enterprise companies achieve new levels of stability, reliability and savings by building infrastructure based on open source
Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that CitiStreet and Priceline.com are achieving high performance and savings from the combination of Red Hat and JBoss solutions. These enterprise companies have switched to Red Hat solutions from proprietary software in order to deliver mission-critical applications and services without the concerns of performance, cost or stability-related issues.
"Priceline.com and CitiStreet are prime examples of how the open source model and the combination of Red Hat and JBoss solutions benefit the enterprise," said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Red Hat. "We are proud to work with these companies as a trusted partner to help them realize the value of open source and achieve big performance gains."
Priceline.com regularly sees millions of page views and thousands of bookings per day. As a leading Internet-based travel service provider, downtime and outages are not an option. The company shifted from proprietary server solutions to Red Hat and open source solutions in order to provide the highest-performing services and applications possible and to realize cost savings. Priceline.com also evaluated JBoss due to the company's predisposition toward developing in Java and to potentially generate further savings based on the open source model.
Today, a significant number of Priceline.com's servers run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Network Satellite Server and JBoss Application Server with Tomcat and Apache web servers. Despite the millions of page views and thousands of bookings each day, the company's overall application availability runs greater than 99.97 percent and hits 100 percent for quarters at a time. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Priceline.com has realized less security patching requirements than with some proprietary application servers.
Through a series of initiatives, like the company's JBoss implementation, Priceline.com IT has been successful in proportionally reducing its relevant domestic operational IT costs for this type of infrastructure, despite increases in product complexity and product unit volumes. Forward-looking, Xen support and virtualization technologies are extremely attractive to Priceline.com. The company has been testing Xen in its development environment to reduce hardware costs and lower TCO.
"Working with Red Hat and JBoss as a single company helps lower our costs and increases our uptime by providing a complete software stack, from the operating system through the application layer. It reduces the time required for troubleshooting, configuration complexity, and contracts and vendor management," said Ron Rose, CIO, Priceline.com. "We consider Red Hat and JBoss both to have great products that we respect. Now that they are combined, we canÕt wait to benefit from their future cooperative developments."
CitiStreet is one of the largest and most experienced global benefits providers. In terms of participants, the company ranks second in its business, serving over 11 million participants from corporations, government agencies, multi-employers and unions. CitiStreet's assets under administration total $200 billion.
CitiStreet faced increasing volume on its web applications, both from an expanding client base and increased utilization of the web by the plan participants they service. An earlier migrationfrom a C-based solution to Enterprise Javahad been successful, but now required ongoing improvement. CitiStreet needed to future-proof its web infrastructure and stay on budget.
The potential cost savings, combined with their experience with Red Hat, proved to CitiStreet that open source software was ready for prime time. The company decided to implement both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Application Server on HP ProLiant DL580 and DL360 series servers.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Application Server are now corporate standards at the global benefits provider. From implementation to deployment, the quality of support, cost savings and reliability of Red Hat and JBoss have been consistent and beneficial for CitiStreet. Moving to Red Hat Enterprise Linux enabled CitiStreet to also save on licensing costs. Now that all core revenue-generating applications, such as their defined contribution and health and welfare applications, are running on JBoss Application Server, CitiStreet estimated it has saved and will continue to save hundreds of thousands of dollars every year through cost-efficient hardware resource deployment.
"CitiStreet depends on Red Hat and JBoss for our operations every day," said Barry Strasnick, CIO, CitiStreet. "We have realized the value of open source for the enterprise, especially in the areas of cost savings, performance and security."
To learn more and read the full case studies on Priceline.com and CitiStreet's use of Red Hat and JBoss solutions, please visit http://www.redhat.com.
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